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January 29, 2009
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    Food inspectors assist in recall of peanut butter products
    Army, Air Force experts help assure customer safety

    HEIDELBERG, Germany – Europe Regional Veterinary Command and U.S. Air Force Public Health inspectors are assisting in the recall of peanut butter products from store shelves, vending machines, theaters, dining facilities, troop ration warehouses and other places on U.S. bases where those items may be sold or distributed.
    As of Jan. 28, more than 500 people in 43 states have been affected by Salmonella Typhimurium symptoms related to recalled peanut butter products. For details, visit the Federal Drug Administration website at www.fda.gov and click on the peanut product recall banner.
    The Centers for Disease Control Website at www.cdc.gov also has recall information.
    “Peanut butter products identified by the FDA and corporate recalls have been removed from U.S. military outlets in Europe,” said Lt. Col. Martin LaGodna, deputy commander of the Europe Regional Veterinary Command. “Our inspectors will continue to assist as needed to remove additional food products if any are identified.”
    A peanut butter recall link is also on the AFN Europe Web site at www.afneurope.net.
    Recalled peanut butter products have been identified in certain operational rations in Europe. They include Unitized Group Rations-A (UGR-A), but do not include Meals-Ready-to-Eat (MRE).  Operational rations warehouses are removing affected peanut butter components from the identified lots.
    LaGodna said Army veterinary food inspectors, Air Force public health inspectors and DoD food facilities share recall information of specific peanut butter products affected by this incident.
    “The facilities and our inspectors will determine whether those particular items are stocked by that food facility, and if so, the product will be pulled from the shelves,” said LaGodna.
    He said affected items are segregated in a medical hold status until final disposition instructions are received.
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced corporate recalls of peanut butter products, including some pet foods, following a Jan. 10 notification by the Peanut Corporation of America of potential Salmonella Typhimurium contamination in bulk peanut butter and peanut butter paste produced after June 30 at its Blakely, Georgia, processing plant.
    The bulk peanut butter products in question may have been used in a variety of commercially produced food products. A list of the potentially affected foods is on the FDA Web site at www.fda.gov.
    A peanut butter recall link is also on the AFN Europe Web site at www.afneurope.net.
    Col. Evelyn Barraza, Europe Regional Medical Command Preventive Medicine Consultant, said medical treatment facilities have been made aware of the recall and are prepared to assist authorized beneficiaries who may present symptoms of salmonella.
    Salmonella Typhimurium can cause diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most persons recover without treatment. The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness. Persons with diarrhea usually recover completely, although it may be several months before their bowel habits are entirely normal.
    If there is any question about whether a product in the commissary, AAFES Shoppette or vending machines is or is not safe, please contact your local Veterinary Services.
    Following the link http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/peanutbutterrecall/index.cfm brings you to a full listing af all the products affected by the recall.
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FDA and CDC recommendations for consumers include:

  • Do not eat products that have been recalled and throw them away in a manner that prevents others from eating them or return them to the store you bought them for a refund.
  • To determine if commercially-prepared or manufactured peanut butter/peanut paste-containing products (such as cookies, crackers, cereal, candy and ice cream) are subject to recall, consumers are urged first to visit FDA’s website and check the searchable database of recalled products.
  • For information on products containing peanut butter from companies not reporting recalls, consumers may wish to consult the company’s website or call the toll-free number listed on most packaging.  Information consumers may receive from the companies has not been verified by the FDA.
  • If consumers cannot determine if their peanut butter, peanut butter/peanut paste-containing products or institutionally-served peanut butter contains PCA peanut butter/peanut paste, FDA recommends that they do not consume those products.
If you think you are ill from eating peanut butter, consult your health care provider. Call your local military health clinic for information or to make an appointment.